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Prometheus, the Creator of Mankind

Last Update: 06 Apr 2021
Prometheus

Prometheus was the creator and fire bearer of mankind.



Family of Prometheus



Prometheus was the son of the titan Iapetus, the God of Mortality and Clymene. He was the father of Deucalion.


Prometheus and the Creation of Man



Prometheus was commissioned by the gods to populate the earth and endow men with powers and gifts. So he created man from the elements of earth and water. Then he stole wisdom from Athena and fire from Hephaestus to give both to the human race for use.


The Fate of Prometheus



Zeus, the King of the Gods doomed Prometheus for his disrespect towards the gods and, unlike his brother Atlas who was cast to the West, Prometheus was sent east to the Caucasus Mountains. There he was chained fiercely to a rock, having an eagle tearing with its talons at his liver every day. In the end, Prometheus was rescued by Heracles who shot the eagle and brought Prometheus back to Mount Olympus.


Meaning of the name



The name "Prometheus" means "wise, prescient" in Ancient Greek.



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